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Mine safety changes proposed for Queensland

The Queensland government has released plans for new coal and metalliferous mine safety laws focusing on harmonising Queensland laws with those in other states and the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Qld). The proposed changes could, in some cases, lead to one-off transitional costs or ongoing higher compliance costs.

Plans to implement the whole or part of the nationally harmonised mining safety laws in Queensland were released on 11 September 2013 for public consultation. These plans include options to introduce new mining safety laws that reflect the ‘non-core’ mining safety laws recently introduced in New South Wales.

For this purpose, proposed alternatives for amending or replacing the Coal Mining Safety and Health Act 1999 (Qld) and the Mining and Quarrying Safety and Health Act 1999 (Qld) have been outlined…

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